MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
The first batches of AMD Athlon 64 based chipsets had their fair share of problems. The VIA K8T800 was really the only choice for consumer level chipsets, and although it performed admirably, there were problems with overclocking. NVIDIA didn't fare much better, as the nForce 3 150 chipset also had overclocking issues and lacked several next-gen type features. This was corrected with the nForce 3 250Gb chipset, which brought together a more impressive package by including SATA RAID, Gigabit Ethernet and the NVIDIA Firewall.
With the introduction of the Socket-939 variant of the Athlon 64 recently, both VIA and NVIDIA have released updated chipsets for the new package. The nForce 3 Ultra shares many of the features found in the nForce 3 250GB, except now the HyperTransport speed has been bumped from 800MHz to 1GHz. The MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Edition we'll be looking at today features this new version of the nForce 3.